Home in the Rain by Bob Graham

 Home in the Rain by Bob Graham, Candlewick Press, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7636-9269-8

Format:  hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 5

Genre: picture book

What did you like about the book? Bob Graham’s picture books always have a little something extra special about them, and this includes finding beauty in the commonplace. Francie, her mom and soon-to-be-born baby sister are traveling home from Grandma’s house in a terrible rain storm. On the way, Francie thinks about a name for the new baby, trying to find the perfect one. She writes her name, and her mom’s and dad’s, in the fog on the windows, but there is a whole window waiting for the baby’s name, and so far it is empty. Meanwhile, other travelers, both human and animal, make their way to their destinations or wait out the storm on the side of the road. Finally, in a quiet, joyful moment, mom and Francie discover the perfect name for the new baby. The ink and watercolor illustrations beautifully complement this gentle story, and the tiny details invite repeated perusals. Readers should easily identify with the long car ride in bad weather, and the love that surrounds Francie from her family.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I loved everything about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Read Alikes? Consider pairing this book with Maple and Willow by Lori Nichols, since both stories include the coming of a baby sister.  Also recommend other titles by Bob Graham such as Vanilla Ice Cream and “Let’s Get a Pup!” said Kate.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries will want to have this book on their shelves.

Where would you shelve it?  Picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Oh, yes. It will only take a few minutes and it’s just lovely.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA

Date of review: July 6, 2017


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